"[Explores] an often overlooked but integral and arguably paramount figure in pre-1930 American Indian literary and political circles."—Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers
"Editors Kristina Ackley and Cristina Stanciu compiled a book that does not only serve as an eye-witness account of the dire years between 1901 and 1929, but also (re)establishes the legacy of an activist, poet, organizer, ethnographer, and, first and foremost, a community member devoting her life to her people."—The Hungarian Journal of English and American Studies
"With this publication, Ackley and Stanciu enlarge our understanding of Wisconsin Oneida history and the work of Haudenosaunee women. They challenge readers to think more broadly about the Society of American Indians and early twentieth-century activism by Native people. And, importantly, they contribute to a growing stream of scholarship in Haudenosaunee studies."—Native American and Indigenous Studies
"Ackley and Stanciu make visible Kellogg's status as a Native public intellectual and lifelong activist for the Six Nations land claims by reprinting unexplored writings, which include short stories, essays, and poetry. . . . Recovered newspaper articles by and about Kellogg lend fascinating insight into how she cultivated personae, including that of an Indian princess, and engaged multiple audiences to become, in Ackley and Stanciu's words, 'the voice of the Oneidas on the national scene'."—MELUS
Laura Cornelius Kellogg was an eloquent and fierce voice in early twentieth century Native American affairs. An organizer, author, playwright, performer, and linguist, Kellogg worked tirelessly for Wisconsin Oneida cultural self-determination when efforts to Americanize Native people reached their peak. She is best known for her extraordinary book Our Democracy and the American Indian (1920) and as a founding member of the Society of American Indians. In an era of government policies aimed at assimilating Indian peoples and erasing tribal identities, Kellogg supported a transition from federal paternalism to self-government. She strongly advocated for the restoration of tribal lands, which she considered vital for keeping Native nations together and for obtaining economic security and political autonomy.
Although Kellogg was a controversial figure, alternately criticized and championed by her contemporaries, her work has endured in Oneida community memory and among scholars in Native American studies, though it has not been available to a broader audience. Ackley and Stanciu resurrect her legacy in this comprehensive volume, which includes Kellogg’s writings, speeches, photographs, congressional testimonies, and coverage in national and international newspapers of the time. In an illuminating and richly detailed introduction, the editors show how Kellogg’s prescient thinking makes her one of the most compelling Native intellectuals of her time.
Kristina Ackley is a tenured member of the faculty in Native American studies at Evergreen State College.
Cristina Stanciu is an assistant professor of English at Virginia Commonwealth University, where she teaches courses in American Indian studies and multiethnic literatures of the United States.
Series: The Iroquois and Their Neighbors
6 x 9, 336 pages, 21 black and white illustrations